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Are you looking for literature to support classroom instruction about Bullies? Check out Our Editors’ Choices for titles recommended by the Education World team. Then it's your turn to share books that you enjoy or use in your classroom in the Our Readers’ Voices section below. With your help, we will build the best list on the Web of Best Books for teaching about Bullies.

 

 

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No Talking
by Andrew Clements
The fifth-grade girls and the fifth-grade boys at Laketon Elementary don't get along very well. But the real problem is that these kids are loud and disorderly. That's why the principal uses her red plastic bullhorn. A lot. Then one day Dave Packer, a certified loudmouth, bumps into an idea -- a big one that makes him try to keep quiet for a whole day. But what does Dave hear during lunch? A girl, Lynsey Burgess, jabbering away. So Dave breaks his silence and lobs an insult. And those words spark a contest: Which team can say the fewest words during two whole days? And it's the boys against the girls. This funny and surprising book is about language and thought, about words unspoken, words spoken in anger, and especially about the power of words spoken in kindness...with or without a bullhorn. It's Andrew Clements at his best -- thought-provoking, true-to-life, and very entertaining.


The Recess Queen
by Alexis O'Neill
Mean Jean is the recess queen. No one dares touch a ball, swing a bat, or slip down the slide until she says so. Until, that is, the day that Katie Sue shows up at school. Told in a rollicking rhyme, the story offers a lighthearted look at a serious topic in schools and on playgrounds everywhere -- the bully. Katie Sue puts Mean Jean in her place in a surprisingly easy way-simply by being too new to know any better. (School Library Journal)

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Just Kidding
by Trudy Ludwig
D.J.'s friend Vince has a habit of teasing D.J. and then saying, "Just kidding!" as if it will make everything okay. It doesn't, but D.J. is afraid that if he protests, his friends will think he can't take a joke. With the help of his father, brother, and an understanding teacher, D.J. progresses from feeling helpless to taking positive action, undermining the power of two seemingly harmless words.


King Of The Playground
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Sammy, self-proclaimed ``King of the Playground,'' will not let Kevin play on the swings, slide, or monkey bars. Fortunately, Kevin's father, who believes that words are stronger than fists, subtly suggests ways to best the bully, and a friendship between the two boys begins. A warm, comforting story with a smart solution to a childhood problem. (School Library Journal)


Nobody Knew What to Do: A Story About Bullying
by Becky Ray McCain
Straightforward and simple, this story tells how one child found the courage to tell a teacher about Ray, who was being picked on and bullied by other kids in school. Faced with the fact that "nobody knows what to do" while Ray is bullied, the children sympathetic to him feel fear and confusion and can only hope that Ray will "fit in some day." Finally, after Ray misses a day of school and the bullies plot mean acts for his return, our narrator goes to a teacher. The children then invite Ray to play with them, and, with adult help, together they stand up to the bullies.




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A Reader Recommends...

Marvelous Martin Neighborhood P.I.
by Vincent Alexandria
Marvelous Martin is a ten-year-old boy who is always investigating when things are missing, lost, or stolen. In this book, there is a bully on the loose in the neighborhood and at school. Marvelous Martin, along with his friends, come to little Freddy Freeman's aid when his bike is taken by the mean school bully Mark Beeks. They decide that enough is enough and they come up with a plan to stop Mark's bullying days and to show him how to become a true friend. (Stephanie Heard)



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Originally published 03/01/2008
Last updated 09/29/2010